O’Grady to end career at 2014 Tour de France

Posted: June 5, 2013 by JonoShmono "SykOse. Live. Extreme." in Bike, Road cycling
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Stuart O’Grady at the 2013 Paris-Roubaix (Sirotti)2007 Paris-Roubaix winner Stuart O’Grady has re-signed with ORICA-GreenEDGE for the 2014 season and will close out his career at the Tour de France.
CYCLING HAS BEEN MY LIFE IN THE LAST 20 ODD YEARS. IT WILL BE NICE TO WAKE UP AND THINK ABOUT SOMETHING OTHER THAN TRAINING AND SUFFERING AND PAIN.

STUART O’GRADY, ORICA-GREENEDGE

The 39-year-old South Australian is one of the most experienced Grand Tour riders in the peloton, appearing in every Tour de France since his debut in 1997, recording 16 starts, 14 finishes, two stage wins and nine days in yellow.

“I have been getting asked more and more when I’m going to retire,” said O’Grady.

“I’m quite relieved to have settled it. I’ll race next year, and, if all goes to plan, my last race will be at the Tour de France.

“I wanted to finish off my career at a race that’s meant a lot to me throughout my time as a professional. The Tour has probably made my career. To retire on the Champs-Élysées would be a symbolic way to close things out.”

O’Grady says his plans after retirement remain open, but he intends to stay involved in the sport.

“I’m definitely planning on staying involved with cycling after I stop racing, and it’s looking pretty likely that I’ll continue to work with Gerry (Orica-GreenEDGE owner Gerry Ryan) and the team.

“Cycling has been my life in the last 20 odd years. It will be nice to wake up and think about something other than training and suffering and pain.

“I’m looking forward to spending more time with my family and not having to be so selfish on a personal level. I’ve done that for a long time. We have time to find a role for me after retirement. It’s something we can discuss more at a later date.

“I can say this for certain I’m happy to continue for the next 13 months, and then it’s all over. Once I hang it up, it will hung up very high and very well. There will be no comeback.”

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